Home » Polar Pioneer: Across the Antarctic Circle Cruise/Fly ex. Punta Arenas
Celebrate crossing latitude 66° 33’ South in the wake of hallowed explorers including the first to do so, Captain James Cook. In this frozen area of extraordinary beauty, powerful orcas and leopard seals patrol, while ethereal snow petrels grace the skies against a background of bristling mountains and surreal icebergs. Threading our way through an intricate system of icy waterways, we aim for the glorious Crystal Sound at the mouth of The Gullet. It’s midsummer, moulting time for penguins and flight school for cormorant chicks.
Duration: 11 Days
Arrive in Punta Arenas and transfer to your hotel for the night. Join a welcome briefing in the evening Today board your flight from Punta Arenas to Puerto Williams, Chile. Upon arrival, enjoy lunch and a guided tour of Puerto Williams before embarking Polar Pioneer in the late afternoon.
*Note: It is recommended that you arrive into Punta Arenas at least one day before embarkation. A transfer from downtown Punta Arenas to Punta Arenas airport is included on Day 1.with your fellow travellers and expedition team.
Enjoy the spectacular birdlife as you cross the Drake Passage. Enjoy informative talks and learn about Antarctica’s wildlife and history, or keep watch for your first iceberg!
As we spend time exploring the Antarctic Peninsula, penguin parents get busy feeding their chicks and preparing for winter. You’ll enjoy thrilling Zodiac cruises amongst sparkling icebergs and spot Weddell and leopard seals on icefloe. Heading down south, our ship will make its way through ice to cross the Antarctic Circle. As ice conditions dictate our itinerary, we may reach spectacular Crystal Sound and make landings at Stonington and Detaille Islands. Keep an eye out for humpback and minke whales as they come to feed in the channels!
Today we’ll reach King George Island, the largest of the South Shetlands. If time permits, we’ll enjoy our last landings before boarding charter flight back to Punta Arenas, Chile. You’ll be transferred to your downtown hotel upon arrival. Overnight in Punta Arenas.
This morning, your expedition finishes in Punta Arenas.
*Note: it is recommended that you do not book your onward flight from Punta Arenas before 12pm in case of delays.
10.2sqm, deck 3, two lower bunk beds and one upper bunk bed, outside porthole, wash basin, lounge, desk, cupboard with hanging space, air-conditioning control, shared bathroom facilities on the same deck and outside deck accessed via deck 4.
9.8sqm, deck 3, two lower bunk beds, outside porthole, wash basin, lounge, desk, cupboard with hanging space, air-conditioning control, shared bathroom facilities on the same deck and outside deck accessed via deck 3 and 4.
12sqm, deck 4, upper and lower bunk, couch, private ensuite, side-facing window, desk and chair, cupboard with hanging space, air-conditioning control and outside deck access to the main deck.
12sqm, deck 4 & 5, two lower bunk beds (note: #402 and #403 have an upper and lower bunk and a couch), private ensuite, side-facing window, desk and chair, cupboard with hanging space, and air-conditioning control. Outside deck access to main deck (deck 4 cabins only) and outside deck access to the upper deck (deck 5 cabins only)
16.8sqm, deck 5, double bed (in a separate room), private ensuite, side-facing windows, separate lounge area*, desk and chair, cupboard with hanging space, TV, DVD player, mini-fridge, air-conditioning control and outside deck access from deck 5. *Please note: Image depicts cabin #503 only. Cabin #502 has a foldable chair that can be laid out like a bed or couch.
22.5sqm, deck 5, double bed (in a separate room), private ensuite, forward- and side-facing windows, separate lounge area, desk and table area, TV, DVD player and mini-fridge, air-conditioning control and outside deck access from deck 5.
*Air transportation & hotel accommodation